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cPanel Website Hosting Disclosed
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brands in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered all web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain)
Are you getting confused? We surely are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Weak Side Number Three: An entire shortage of domain management interfaces
Do we have to mention the total deficiency of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a huge downside. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the billing platform (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is using, the zealous customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to grasp... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...